A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

By Kazuo Ishiguro

The tale of Etsuko, a eastern girl now dwelling on my own in England, residing at the contemporary suicide of her daughter. In a narrative the place earlier and current confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation within the wake of worldwide warfare II.

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It looked like the new-opened leaf of a beech-tree, fair and strange in that treeless plain. ’ cried Legolas and Gimli together. ‘Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall,’ said Aragorn. ‘This did not drop by chance: it was cast away as a token to any that might follow. ’ ‘Then he at least was alive,’ said Gimli. ‘And he had the use of his wits, and of his legs too. That is heartening. ’ ‘Let us hope that he did not pay too dearly for his boldness,’ said Legolas. ‘Come! Let us go on! ’ The sun climbed to the noon and then rode slowly down the sky.

R. Tolkien’s epic adventure The Lord of the Rings, a beautifully written masterpiece which is among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. S. Lewis wrote: ‘No imaginary world has been projected which is at once multifarious and so true to its own inner laws; none so seemingly objective, so disinfected from the taint of an author’s merely individual psychology; none so relevant to the actual human situation yet free from allegory. ’ This is the second part of a three-book paperback edition which reproduces the complete authoritative text of The Lord of the Rings, together with the original maps drawn by Christopher Tolkien.

Some years ago the Lord of the Black Land wished to purchase horses of us at great price, but we refused him, for he puts beasts to evil use. Then he sent plundering Orcs, and they carry off what they can, choosing always the black horses: few of these are now left. For that reason our feud with the Orcs is bitter. ‘But at this time our chief concern is with Saruman. He has claimed lordship over all this land, and there has been war between us for many months.

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